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Arizona vs. California - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
California at Arizona
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
McKale Center
Tucson, Arizona
The Line
Arizona Wildcats -13.5 O/U: 139
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | California at Arizona
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The California Golden Bears and the Arizona Wildcats will match up on the college basketball circuit Thursday.

California is currently sitting at 5-20 on the year. The Golden Bears haven’t won since way back on December 21 and they’ve fallen to Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and USC in just their last four.

In the loss to the Trojans, California’s Justice Sueing led the team on 17 points with five rebounds and three assists. Matt Bradley chipped in 14 points and five boards for the Golden Bears in that one as well.

Over on the Arizona side, they’re 14-12 this year. The Wildcats are riding a seven-game losing streak right now, falling to USC, UCLA, AZ State, Washington, Washington State, Utah and Colorado in that time.

In the loss to the Buffaloes, Arizona forward Ryan Luther led the team with 17 points, two rebounds and one assist. Chase Jeter added 10 points and eight rebounds there for the Wildcats, and Dylan Smith notched 16 points.

The Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 versus the Pac-12. Cal is 4-13 ATS in the last 17 overall and 1-7 ATS in the last eight after an ATS loss.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in the last five home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five Thursday games. Arizona is 0-7 ATS in the last seven overall and 0-7 in the last seven versus the Pac-12.

What can you really say about California? They’re simply not a good team right now. If there’s any kind of silver lining here, it could be that the Bears put up at least 71 points in two of their last five games—it’s not much, I know.

Arizona doesn’t have much going for them these days either, but in a home game versus an opponent like Cal I think they’re still firmly in the driver’s seat—despite the ice cold ATS trends lately. I’ll take the Wildcats here.

Pick:
Arizona Wildcats -13.5

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